Posts Tagged ‘ Trombone ’

Jeff Bradshaw – Stronger

Mr. Magic Slide Jeff Bradshaw is one of the rare musicians who has chosen the trombone as lead instrument. Born in Philadelphia Jeff performed as professional musician with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild and more. However his debut album Bone Deep was first released in 2003 on the label Hidden Beach Recordings. With Bone Appétit, a double album, he set a powerful signal on the same label in 2012.

In 2014 followed his live album Home on Shanachie Entertainment. Now Jeff is back with Stronger (2020) which is equivalent to a double album in size. Jeff can boast an illustrious collection of guest musicians. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Lin Rountree, Marqueal Jordan, Paula Champion, Mike Burton, Raheem Devaughn, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, James Poyser, Micki Miller, Conya Doss, Glen Lewis, Frank McComb, Marsha Ambrosius, Amber Navran, Jeff Murrell, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Wadud Ahmad are to discover on the album.

The album opens with the martial title War & Thunder in which Jeff delivers a musical battle with Trombone Shorty. Sonorous sounding African drums underscore the thoroughly time-related background.

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Ray Anthony and Powerslyde – Have Fun

Duke City, New Mexico native Ray Anthony founded the project Powerslyde in 2007. The debut album is entitled Have Fun (2017). Ray Anthony performs on this album trombone, piano, keyboards, vocals, Ken Mathis drums, Enrique Mendoza guitars and Steve Oliver guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals.

All music was written & produced by Ray Anthony and Steve Oliver. Lead instrument of this album is the trombone comparable in style with artists like Jeff Bradshaw, Buff Dillard, Brian Culbertson, Trombone Shorty or Steve Baxter. Mr. Sauce brings this dominant instrument to full advantage. The arrangement is tighter than tight and the eclectic flow is spot on.

Do 4 U offers a compact melody with a strong dynamic even hypnotic twist. After a short piano introduction Ray Anthony turns on the slide again. Night Abraxas intermingles vigorous brass with fine-tuned piano. Slydeways reveals a deep unbinding love for harmony and the melody has that catchy something.


Buff Dillard – Feel My Passion

Buff Dillard has just released his ninth album Feel My Passion (2017). Jazzful Hymms (2008), Genesis (2009), Awaken (2010), Christmas Moments with Buff Dillard (2011), Against All Odds (2012), and Mr. Bonejazz (2015) are some of the others.

In the smooth jazz domain are the saxophonists the kings. Trombonists have to struggle for acknowledgement, even those who have like Buff an academic qualification. So bringing his instrument to the front of the stage, was his premier impetus. With much energy and pleasure he is pushing forward his life target.

Feel My Passion is the aptly title of his new effort. Buff is supported by his friends like Davien Bailey (trumpet), Nicci Canada, Ryan B. (vocals), Derek Harling, Tony “Teaspoon” Witherspoon (keyboards), Paul Dozier (guitar), Clayton Turnage, Calvin Napper, Brian Houze (drums), and Melvin E. Gray (bass). Buff has written and produced all tracks with the exception of three covers.

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Bob Dowell – Mississippi Slide!

After years recording and performing in large ensembles, or as a sideman for an array of artists in various genres, trombonist Bob Dowell celebrates his new home and the inspirations it provides with Mississippi Slide! (2017).

Accompanying musicians are Art Edmaiston, tenor sax; Tony Thomas, Hammond B3 organ; Tim Goodwin, bass; and Tom Lonardo, drums.

The title song has a cool blues vibe. The organ introduces the piece, followed by a brief melody by trombone and tenor. Dowell quickly gives way to a tenor solo that’s right out of the 1950s or ‘60s. Edmaiston plays clean, bright and – cool. Dowell follows with a smooth solo of his own. Thomas, Goodwin and Lonardo stretch out plenty in the background. After Thomas’ brief stint, Dowell and Edmaiston blend for the closing melody and fade.

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Rick Braun – Around The Horn

Trumpet player Rick Braun is one of the most popular musicians of the smooth jazz genre. After his previous escapades to Holiday Jazz (Swingin’ In The Snow) and Swing (Sings With Strings) he returned to smooth jazz with Can You Feel It. Around The Horn (2017) holds the horns tighter than tight.

Guest musicians on the new album are John Stoddart (keys, vocals, synth bass), Gerey Johnson, Peter White (guitar), Third Richardson (drums), Lindsey Webster (vocals), Til Brönner (trumpet), Ron Reinhardt (keys, bass), and Kenny Wild (bass). Rick performs trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone, keys and synth bass.

The album starts with the bright and breezy So Strong. A Latin flow with some Jobim/Mendes and Herb Alpert feeling and a flavored turn around some Tower Of Power harmonies.

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Buff Dillard – Mr. Bonejazz

Trombonist Buff Dillard attended the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Academy, performed with the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Band, jazz sensation Pieces of a Dream, and the legendary Count Basie Band. During his solo career he has released the albums Jazzful Hymms (2008), Genesis (2009), Awaken (2010), Christmas Moments with Buff Dillard (2011), Against All Odds (2012), and Mr. Bonejazz (2015).

On his new album he is accompanied by Shableek Richardson and Derwin Friday (sax), Melvin Gray and John Dillard (bass), Calvin Naper, Brian Houze and Clayton Turnage (drums), Paul Dozier (lead), Howard McNair (organ), Donald Dean (lead fill), Sai dha Harley (violin), Jeremy Kox (keys) and more.

The Intro is heating up the mood with some radio voices announcing the brilliant trombonist called Mr. Bonejazz. With the funky Step Buff brings his trombone in full harmony giving it a good overdub. Stylistically he can be compared with trombonists like Jeff Bradshaw, Trombone Shorty or Steve Baxter.

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Buff Dillard – Against All Odds

Against All OddsBorn into a musical bloodline, at the age of six, Buff Dillard sparked an interest for singing, drums and playing brass instruments. By the age of twelve, he developed more of a passion to play the trombone and decided to focus on mastering the slide.

As a student of Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, his gift allowed him to attend the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Academy, perform with the Philadelphia All-City Jazz Band, jazz sensation Pieces of a Dream, and the legendary Count Basie Band. He was also able to attend jazz workshops instructed by the celebrated jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Years later, Buff worked with the Prince of Gospel, Pastor John P. Kee and was featured as a soloist on the Strength and New Divine Destiny projects.

This extraordinary artist has worked with Calvin Richardson, and performed with Willie Clayton, Dave Hollister and Miles Jaye. He’s headlined for numerous artists including Shirley Caesar, Helen Baylor, The Williams Brothers, Charles Wollfork, Vashawn Mitchel, Angela Christie, the SOS Band, Jazmine Sullivan, Kevon Edmonds of the group After 7, Faith Evans, Walter Beasley, Boney James, Glenn Lewis. He has released seven independent projects and has hosted a jazz radio show titled Jazzable Moments with Mr. Bonejazz on WGIV 103.3 FM, 1370 AM in Charlotte, North Carolina. He continues his career as a trombonist, independent recording artist and CEO of Bonejazz Entertainment.

Are you curious? Then check out his newest album Against All Odds at CDBaby.

Ron Westray – Magisteria

Trombonist Ron Westray has performed with illustrious ensembles such as the Mingus Big Band, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, Irving Mayfield, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Ensemble. He is currently an Associate Professor at York University (Toronto, CA) and also serves as the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance.

At his label Blue Canoe are listed his solo projects Jimi Jazz, Live From Austin, Medical Cures For The Chromatic Commands Of The Inner City and Magisteria. This CD features as additional musicians Matt Rait (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Anthony Michelli (drums), and Richard Whiteman (fender rhodes). Ron has produced, composed and performed this album. The album presents overall short pieces, in Toto overwhelming twenty tracks.

Ron plays his instrument with a nonchalance and speed that impressed. On Eureka stand him his sidemen in every way. A grandiose happening. On Nemesis 8, I feel a certain resemblance to the music of Jeff Bradshaw. Who copied who, however, I can not say. Nemesis 2 introduces us in the excellence of Ron’s technique, which Richard Whiteman opposes an impressive solo on the Fender Rhodes.

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Will Jaxx – Dichotomy

DichotomyOf the musicks that captivate the ears and hearts of contemporary audiences, the cry of Urban Jazz seems to be leading the charge. One characteristic of this potent form of musical expression is that it boldly synthesizes genres in order to articulate truths that are exquisitely myriad in complexity. Adherents to the more traditional idiom of Jazz usually limit themselves by trumpeting echoes of the past or attempting to resuscitate some senescent ideal. With its witty combination of technology and gritty acoustic expression, however, this is not the case with Urban Jazz. Another highly attractive element of this music, to me, is that it showcases an artist’s vulnerabilities, just as it would their strengths. On the whole, these are revolutionary personifications–ones which, through artistic transparency, speak truth to power and has become infectious among audiences worldwide.

Artists such as Snarky Puppy, Jose James, and Ken Ford provide a sterling example of this shift. Their music provides listeners with a bold, refreshing dose of ear candy that’s intelligent, but not condescending; sexy, but not sleezy; uncut, but not uncouth. And the same can be said of Will Jaxx.

His debut release, Dichotomy, presents a milestone in Urban Instrumental Music. It gives us a cool, refreshing dose of urban creativity that immerses audiences in a sonic bath of Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, and NuJazz. As a collection, Dichotomy is groundbreaking and truly stretches the fabric of what we call Jazz. But you be the judge! Grab a copy of “Dichotomy” today, then experience for yourself the aura, the sound, and the swagger that is… Will Jaxx at CDBaby!

Jeff Bradshaw – Bone Appétit

When Jeff Bradshaw plays his trombone you will hear tones, you never heard before. He made the “slide” to a musical art form on trombone. He doesn’t plays the notes directly, but approaches them with a trombone own motion. What seems to be difficult to describe, enthuses the audience with magic charm.

Hear it to believe it. Jeff has recorded, toured, and performed with: Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Jill Scott, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, Floetry, Common, John Legend, Kanye West, Tyler Perry, Dave Chappelle, Jazzy Jeff, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, and many more.

But his personal style shines on his solo releases. We were excited, when Jeff released his debut album Bone Deep on Hidden Beach Records in 2003. Music journalist Rob Young described Bone Deep as most definitely one of the coolest joints of 2003! He also lent his trombone on some of Hidden Beach Recordings’ very own Unwrapped series.

It took a long time until Jeff released his sophomore album. Bone Appétit is out now and he pleases us with a double issue of 20 songs. The title is an aptly amalgamation of the short term for trombone and the French bon appétit. The following guests are joining the dinner Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred the Family Soul, Maysa (Incognito), Coko (SWV), PJ Morton (Cash Money/Maroon 5) and introducing Brass Heaven. Be aware that this double feature album is a limited edition.

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